• Spanish government releases draft climate plan targeting renewable sources for 74% of electricity by 2030

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

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With less than two months left before national elections, the Spanish government has released a draft climate change plan which seeks to source 74% of the electricity used in the country from renewable technologies by 2030. (As a result, Spain would then import only 59% of its electricity, down from the current 74%). The plan would see ~€200 billion (US$228 billion) of investment in power generation capacity in the country, according to the government, and a package to assist workers to transition from fossil fuel industries would be included in the government’s expenditure. Given the looming election, the plan is a statement of intent rather than a program of action set in stone, but it does provide an idea of where energy policy in Spain may go over the coming years. The governing Socialist Workers’ Party is currently leading in the polls in the run up to the elections, but is unlikely to win a majority, meaning it will have to seek to enter a coalition.